Things You Do to Stay Warm that Actually Make You Colder in Bossier City

November 18, 2015

Winter is nearly here in Bossier City, and with it always comes chilly temperatures that could leave us bundling up with more layers. Furnace service and extra layers are normally surefire ways to keep warm on chilly days, but there are a number of other pointers floating around out there that you might be trying that are simply making you colder, not warmer.

Common Myths:

  • Hot drinks will make you warmer: while the initial sensation of a hot drink can help you believe that you’re warm, your brain will sense that it needs to start cooling off your body, causing cooling mechanisms.
  • Alcoholic drinks will warm you up: the reason we typically feel warm after a few beverages, it’s only your skin warming. Alcohol can actually lower your core temperature, making you colder. A well-tuned furnace, thanks to having annual furnace service completed, is a more sound bet.
  • Hot showers heat you up: similar to hot drinks, the heat of your shower is merely a momentary feeling that fades when the water is dried up and toweled off. That’s why it’s so hard to open the shower curtain.
  • Wearing only a hat will cover your warming needs: while there are a host of sources that claim a great deal of body heat is lost via your head, it’s important to remember that any part of uncovered skin adds to heat loss. Therefore, while it seems obvious, if you’re only using a hat and not a coat or gloves, you’re more likely to lose body heat more quickly.

So now that you know about a handful of misconceptions surrounding staying warm this winter, it’s not tough to see the importance of something as simple as furnace service. Of course there are other things you can do to stay warm this winter besides furnace service, but there may not be a lot that have such a huge effect on your day-to-day comfort. Give Central Aire Heating & A/C Inc a call at 318-855-2326 or schedule an appointment online to find out more about what furnace service can do for you in Bossier City.